Lazio defender Patric was sent off for bitting an opponent player in the arm following their defeat at the hands of Lecce that left their hopes of becoming SERIA A champions hanging.

Defender Patric, out frustration of loosing a match they taught they had won bite Lecce’s Giulio Donati on the arm in injury time.

Lazio took an early lead five minutes into the match when Felipe Caicedo had scored the opener for the visitors before Khouma Babacar headed in Filippo Falco’s cross to level on 30 minutes and cancel out Lazio’s lead.

Lecce who are the struggling team in SERIA A soon completed the turnaround after half-time, as defender Fabio Lucioni headed in from a corner.

The defeat leaves lazio seven points behind league leaders Juventus who also lost 4-2 to AC Milan. Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio had the chance to close in on the gap with Juventus if they had taken all three points from a struggling Lecce but instead, a disappointing evening for Lazio was further soured by Patric’s indefensible bite on Donati, identified clearly by a video assistant referee review.

As the Lecce defender organised his team-mates to defend a set-piece with outstretched arms, Patric lent in from behind and bit Donati just above the elbow,

Serie A’s leading goalscorer Ciro Immobile was denied at close range by Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel as Lazio suffered a third defeat in five games since the league restarted.